Definitions for nibelungˈni bəˌlʊŋ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Ni•be•lungˈni bəˌlʊŋ(n.)(pl.)-lungs, -lung•en.
(in Germanic legend) any of a race of dwarfs who possess a treasure that confers unlimited power on its owner.
(in the Nibelungenlied) a follower of Siegfried. a member of Gunther's family; a Burgundian.
(German mythology) a companion or follower of Siegfried
(German mythology) any of the race of dwarfs who possessed a treasure hoard that was stolen by Siegfried
The German Nibelungen — with the corresponding Old Norse form Niflung — is the name in Germanic and Norse mythology of the royal family or lineage of the Burgundians who settled in the early 5th century at Worms. The vast wealth of the Burgundians is often referred to as the Niblung or Niflung hoard. In some German texts Nibelung appears instead as one of the supposed original owners of that hoard, either the name of one of the kings of a people known as the Nibelungs, or — in variant form Nybling — as the name of a dwarf. In Richard Wagner's opera cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen, Nibelung denotes a dwarf, or perhaps a specific race of dwarves.
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
king of the Nibelungen, a mythical Burgundian tribe, the fabulous possessor of a hoard of wealth so inexhaustible that "twelve waggons in twelve days, at the rate of three journeys a day, could not carry it off," and which he bequeathed to his two sons on his deathbed, by the vanquishing of whom the hoard fell into the hands of the redoubtable hero Siegfried.
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